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french forces take control of a strategic your rainy a mine in nigeria as questions mount over the leadership and direction of. the spanish prime minister visits germany e.u. budget. spied from the economic crisis and corruption scandal engulfing him. and syria's president warns of a possible state of retribution after israel strongly hints that it was behind a cross border airstrike close to damascus. a very warm welcome to you from all of us here in moscow. with news from around the
world now france has sent its military to nigeria this in an attempt to strengthen security at one of the country's biggest uranium mines now the president to nigeria's president he says that efforts being made to avoid a similar situation to last month's hostage crisis in neighboring algeria the french military campaign has been held in northern mali which is several hundred kilometers from the mining site where the facility is operated by a major french mining company the single largest investor in a country which is the world's fifth largest producer of uranium fronts heavily depends on nuclear power for its domestic energy it makes up nearly seventy percent of the total and i also saw discontent among mine workers last year protested against working conditions on wages many believe nigeria's key to france's energy security and french president. economy. reports
there are increasing doubts about whether or not he can even get around. well president on land is welcomed as a liberator in mali have to france's military operation against the islamists occupation back at home crowds are also gathered but with a starkly different mood where people are fired up over the continued decline of europe's second largest economy despite the president's promises to create at least one hundred thousand new jobs the nation is shedding them at an alarming rate last november about a thousand every day the worst figures in years the country's unemployment is approaching a shocking eleven percent with more than three million jobless the french daily lives and claims the exact situation could be even worse if official statistics included youngsters never registered for the unemployment program or those who left it and those stuck with part time work the paper says the rate would then triple
but if certain. people expected to have a strong president and they understand that a line doesn't have enough experience for competence to improve things the last two weeks as we see from. the fans who are so you know believes the strategic mistake was to rectify the e.u. so-called three percent treaty force in france to reduce its budget deficit down from four point five percent by hiking taxes and cutting spending. but while harsh criticism expected from the opposition disapprovals also been growing from like minded left wingers or complain but i think the president especially of a country like france one of six e.u. founders should be strong enough to say stop to others and say hey i have my nation behind me and they elected me to make changes instead he surrendered because he's more worried about the country's debt and the ratings agencies make. in a short video french communists put together some of the lawns major presidential campaign vows none of which they say came true. but what that. the value added
tax increase is i think it's inappropriate and unjustified and unreasonable and too hasty. what happened to well that's to reminded president do you remember you promised to review the european treaty you didn't do that here in germany said a three percent deficit isn't real but now only say it's possible etc etc you can't not do what you promised meanwhile recent polls show a little rise in the fringes of movie breaking into four percent january and december's forty percent the more you see salons to office in may. every week that is a new subject to discuss in the french media and to draw people's attention from the real problems like gay manager deployed you are now in mali the strategy may work but not for long. after a land won the french election last year some analysts described his victory as
a victory against his predecessor. rather the long now of the scene many of the fans to the team that wins in the. months of a long presidency have been anything but sunny happenings and even his one staunch supporters predict even harder times lie ahead for the leader of the country's municipal elections in two thousand and fourteen have historically held great significance and will show whether the voters can forget and forgive. me for. from paris. i doubt he has come to live from moscow and with another round of talks on the e.u. budget looming now the leader of the bloc strongest economy is meeting the leader of one of the weakest and an attempt to lay the groundwork for a new deal and the german chancellor is hosting the spanish prime minister back home in madrid not here not a whole is battling a corruption scandal and doubts over his ongoing handling the economy but this report out you want to use it or all of. it could very well be called
a meeting between the euro zone's haves and well quite frankly the have nots as german chancellor angela merkel sits down to talks with the spanish prime minister mariano what are quite germany still widely regarded as the euro zone's only real success economically while as many fear that spain could go the way of greece now the spanish prime minister will receive the full welcome of germany including full military honors however if he was to turn up at the doorstep of many in his own country he may face severe criticism that's because many spanish citizens still think he hasn't done enough to deal with banks has been saying basically the banks are owed this huge incredible fees run only by greed the governments are not helping the people the topping the banks it has been at least thirty or fifty times
the issue but in the last month there was three people they were going to be if you have to find out how it is but they hang themselves before the police were right there. i feel really sad when someone is thrown out because he has no one he can take care of him. this meeting between the leaders of germany and spain comes ahead of a very important summit taking place this week where european leaders will try and decide on the budget something which is separated countries within the union thus far. and in the meantime the economics professor at boston university laurence kotlikoff says to overcome the banking crisis you need to revamp the whole system and make it more transparent in the interview with our teaser sophie seven arts a he said that's the lesson to be learned from america's and battled financial system. the traditional banking system the model is one of
very high leverage banks borrow a lot of money promised to repay and then there's opacity they take their money and they do something with it but they don't tell you what they're doing with it so it's a very unstable situation when you promise people things and then you don't show what you're doing with their money. and that's what happened with lehman brothers and bear stearns and. merrill lynch and all these companies that one on one under one after the other everybody started worrying because they couldn't see the assets so what we need to do is. get rid of this faith based banking we need to have. no leverage and we have to have transparency.
and what you have the entire interview with the con mr laurence kotlikoff eighteen forty five. scientists a lie detectors are unreliable in identifying national security risks more than seventy thousand americans each year as tested on them and washington is promising to draw up a new national polygraph policy following allegations u.s. federal agencies are exceeding their legal and ethical limits to determine who can be trusted. in a fortnight or for those who believe that a polygraph is a tool used to incriminate the innocent. for more than three decades john sullivan worked as a polygraph examiner for america's central intelligence agency today the retired cia employee is offering some strong opinions about the nation's lie detector policy too many honest people are too many people who should be passing their tests aren't and i and there's no there's no accountability for that.
last year more than seventy three thousand americans were reportedly required to undergo polygraph tests in order to get or keep jobs with the federal government according to an investigation by mcclatchy newspapers a growing number of u.s. agencies are asking employees and applicants intimate questions that extends way beyond the realm of national security probing matters such as sexual conduct financial matters and past personal relationships a woman was pressured to talk about her experience being molested as a child and when the polar bear for said that he refused to go on with the interrogation he alleges that he was pressured to go back and continue interrogating or a decade ago the national academies an organization advising washington on scientific matters urged the feds to stop using polygraphs as
a screening technique scientists found that polygraphs aren't reliable enough to prevent innocent people from failing and deceptive candidates from passing i think it's important that the polygraph is not just. for screening it's an interrogation tool. there's no question that the trip that leads to. the drilling down. question the past may well be quite true over the past ten years. at least fifteen federal agencies including the n.s.a. and f.b.i. have reportedly continued or expanded their polygraph screenings with nearly five million people having access to classified information or washington maintains that polygraph testing is the most effective way from preventing secrets from being leaked lisa ribicoff is an independent polygraph examiner and investigator who uses
the polygraph program designed by homeland security she contends that it's ninety eight percent accurate i do think that there are some questions pertaining to some emotional aspects and personal situations should not be included but i do understand why they're included on the basis of that the government needs to see how exactly what their breaking point is what are they willing to discuss what are they not willing to discuss however applicants who are denied a coveted position after failing a polygraph are prohibited from accessing the records of their interrogation and are often barred from contesting the results were filing complaints in federal court in two thousand and four the cia veteran who conducted lie detector interrogations for thirty one years failed his own screening there was absolutely no question in my mind that the test was wrong. was a terrible test sullivan lost his security clearance and was denied a job with a federal contracting agency he claims his examiner falsified the results possible
retribution for solving his book detailing america's polygraph system subject for polygraph tests now are guilty until proven innocent and i think that's a. corruption and an abuse of the process the obama administration is now promising to draft a new national polygraph policy that would prevent agencies from pushing legal or ethical boundaries during screenings but at the moment the program has no oversight or accountability meaning tens of thousands of u.s. citizens will continue getting personally probes in the name of national security bring up or not our team new york. this program raising the stakes.
good to have you with us on this monday here on our. show president assad says that syria can take on any force the confronts it accusing israel of trying to destabilize his country and was his first public statement since an alleged israeli airstrike inside syria last week israel's defense minister has given the strongest indication yet that the i.d.f. was indeed behind the attack at this report now towards he's paula sleep. it does come from the israeli defense minister it would be rock and he has said that it is proof that when israel says something it means that he did stop short of actually a third being israel's involvement now u.s. officials have said that the strike targeted an arms convoy that was carrying anti
aircraft weapons from syria to lebanon according to the israeli defense minister ehud barak he said that we do not think and i'm quoting that syria should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into labor it is important to make the point that his comments does not constitute acknowledgement of israel's involvement in the strike but it certainly does suggest the possibility that it took place and it was responsible for it but also said that the syrian president bashar assad's fall is imminent and that it would serve as a major blow to his and need to look at this israeli strategy and it's a strategy that israel has employed in the past and that is namely a strategy of silence it is strategic it doesn't give any kind of confirmation or any kind of denial what israel has done in the past is launch an attack then leave and it really its response has been a no comment which really leaves the question in opposite of as minds it is a culture lated moves because this silence allows israel's enemies to save face and
thus reduce the risk of reprisals and its collation against the jewish state of course the international for now for any kind of israeli strike in syria would create immense arguments in the international community we've heard for example from moscow who says that if indeed israel did carry out the strike it was an attack on a sovereign state and as such it breached international law and the arab league has also condemned the strike saying it is in violation of international law and it is reported against in another sovereign state so israel of course will not want to come out publicly and acknowledge that it carried out such a strike because it would not want to have the kind of diplomatic complications and diplomatic fallout that would follow from such an admission. auntie's of paula slade reporting right in the meantime beirut based middle east expert ali risk he says damascus has covert means to retaliate against any such attack incoming from israel. for now i don't believe that there will be all out military warfare
although we have to remember that. law is one of syria's allies iran is also one of syria's allies and it's important to note here that the. head of the supreme national security council the iranian supreme national security council is currently in syria so. respond directly with a direct you know conventional army to conventional army warfare but there might be other means used talking for example sort of israeli officials stirring the trouble for his role in general and i think that something that something would syria is an expert of doing syria has been on the side also on the his father has been a source of concern for a very long time for the israeli side of his role once before because this will basically break down the iranian husband lost syrian access which is the biggest. government. twenty minutes past the hour moscow time if you were head of the
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after the attack. he is doing rather well surprisingly well actually he did thank the doctors for doing everything in their power to pull him out of a very difficult situation that he found himself in. third degree burns in those a very severe space and he said he's full of hope for full recovery and he's full of willpower and he actually looked very enthusiastic and upbeat about the whole situation of course considering his circumstances actually he did appear to be quiet on his road to recovery did speak about person who is who has been supposedly behind the attack he did say that he knows exactly who it was on this particular day today did not want to talk about the investigation at all so as not to interfere with the investigation he did however. he did every see
threats before but he also mentioned and this is important according to feeling himself he didn't mention that he's continuing to work with everybody who has been left in charge. he said that nothing about the boy say the. performances and everything about the theater will be carrying on as before. reporting right. now starting with an attack in iraq it's less than twenty four hours off for an attack on a police compound in the city of course. and there's been another explosion just north of the capital baghdad a suicide bomber targeted members of a government backed sunni militia group who were collecting salaries killing at least forward injuring over twenty years through all those targeted were former insurgents who have turned against al qaeda it was the seventh such bombing in iraq this month alone. in bahrain government forces have once again clashed with the
regime protesters in areas tear gas was used against the crowds holding petrol bombs rain has suffered almost daily violence since an uprising began two years ago this in a public call for greater freedoms from the monarchy the authorities are accused of oppression and a severe crackdown on opposition activists allegedly illegally jailing and torturing some of them to keep them quiet. he was beaten make it in the streets of cairo during demonstrations on friday says riot police to blame it previously used opposition protesters of being behind the attack footage of treatment at the hands of uniformed officers were shown on state t.v. the other infuriating the crowd storming the presidential palace calling for president morsi to step down. and the ailing cuban leader fidel castro has voted in parliamentary elections making a surprise public appearance off the months of not being seen castro has kept
rather a low profile since an illness in two thousand and six and in the last three elections voted from his home speaking on state t.v. he praised the policies of venezuela's president hugo chavez who is currently recovering from cancer surgery in havana of the first time in two decades hugh but will elect a new head of parliament. order up next to an artsy we report on of the occupy wall street movement in the united states and whether it is board any change that's coming up in our special.